For most patients, implants and a surgery come to mind when they consider lip augmentation for perkier, more pronounced and attractive lips. But these aren’t their only options. Patients can significantly enhance and contour their lips with dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane. Lip fillers augment, hydrate, and contour the lips without requiring a surgery, incisions, implants, or a downtime period for recovery.
Lip augmentation with dermal fillers typically last for 6 months, but these results can be extended with a brief maintenance visit. Boston’s premier facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Frank Fechner, specializes in delivering carefully-calibrated fillers to produce natural aesthetic results according to your unique cosmetic expectations.
Lip fillers are hyaluronic acid-based cosmetic injectables that enhance your lips’ volume and contours without requiring implants. Hyaluronic acid, or HA, is a biocompatible and biodegradable gel that adds volume, elasticity, and moisture to your skin. Over time, age and external environmental factors such as sun exposure and pollutants minimize your skin’s ability to produce hyaluronic acid naturally, which often necessitates a dermal filler boost for more attractive lips.
Lip injections add this essential moisture-binding component into your lips to provide an immediate enhancement. Since HA is naturally found in the human body, it’s readily accepted without complications. But it’s also gradually metabolized, leading to beautiful but temporary results, that last for 6 to 12 months. Patients can also repeat the treatment to restore or maintain the results.
Besides augmenting and enhancing lip volume, fillers also provide other benefits. HA can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, allowing it to moisturize and hydrate your lips. As such, lip fillers make your lips appear dewy, vibrant and healthy. They can also fill cracks and wrinkles, producing a softer and more supple texture.
During a personal consultation, you and Dr. Fechner will discuss your cosmetic concerns, goals and expectations. He’ll observe your lips and how they appear when they’re animated to recommend the best plan of action, including determining the right type, volume, and placement area for fillers. From a wide variety of fillers available, including Juvederm and Restylane, the one most suitable for your particular concerns is selected.
Expert injection marks the difference between beautiful and mediocre results.
After selecting the appropriate brand of filler, Dr. Fechner curates a treatment plan. He carefully marks the injection sites on your lips to guide the treatment. Next, local anesthesia is administered to numb the injection sites, ensuring a smoother and more comfortable experience. Finally, he injects carefully-calibrated amounts of the fillers into the dermal layers of your lips to produce the desired result. Dr. Fechner is conservative with his treatments, injecting only as much filler as necessary to produce natural enhancements, unless you request otherwise, which can also be accommodated.
Following the procedure, you'll likely experience mild swelling and redness around injection sites, perhaps accompanied by slight discomfort. You should avoid massaging or touching your lips for a few days, and should avoid direct sun exposure, strenuous activities, or alcohol consumption for 24 to 72 hours. You’ll sleep with your head elevated for one night, such as on two pillows. Other than those minor recovery guidelines, you can usually resume most of your daily activities and work immediately. Results will be evident immediately and last for 6 to 12 months, depending on the type of filler used and how fast your body metabolizes it.
Lip augmentation with fillers is ideal for patients who want more voluminous, prominent and well-defined lips but without undergoing implants or surgery or requiring a downtime. Because their components are biocompatible and biodegradable, lip fillers are suitable for most patients.
Patients who are pregnant or nursing should not receive dermal fillers. Dr. Fechner will review your medical history and ask some simple additional questions to ensure you’re a suitable candidate for the treatment.
Dr. Frank Fechner is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with a keen aesthetic eye and a conservative approach to lip augmentation, unless otherwise requested. Dr. Fechner carefully examines your lips and discusses your cosmetic goals to provide perfectly-calibrated and well-placed fillers that ensure optimal and long-lasting results. Contact us for a consultation today.
On behalf of the entire team at Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, we would like to take a moment to say thank you again for your loyalty and support during this unprecedented time. The past several months have been unlike anything we've ever experienced, and we're working hard to evolve so that we can continue to provide you with the patient experience you have come to expect from our practice.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa has taken extreme precautionary measures, in addition to following the most up to date CDC recommendations and state guidelines to maximize the health and safety of our patients, staff and facility. Our surgical center and medical spa remain committed to providing the best patient care, and we are actively working to take all necessary precautions as we plan to safely re-open our practice. Please help us continue to protect the health and well-being of our patients and workplace by cooperating with all of our precautionary measures and protocols against COVID-19 at your next appointment, or as you plan for your surgery.
As a fully accredited surgical facility, Fechner MD has always observed the highest level of safety and sanitation. In fact, as a surgeon, Dr. Fechner is an expert in infection control. We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible for our patients to safely return for surgical and medical spa treatments alike.
The upgraded work flow and safety protocols we have implemented at Fechner MD far exceed those being recommended by any government agency.
Fechner MD will adhere to all local, state, and government mandates. We expect to cautiously resume medical spa and injectable treatments during Phase 2 of the Massachusetts phased reopening. We are awaiting a definitive date from Governor Baker. Cosmetic surgery is expected to resume during Phase 3 of Governor Baker’s plan. We ask for your patience and understanding as our staff is working diligently to reschedule all surgeries and procedures affected by our closure. Please understand that in order to open and adhere to Massachusetts guidelines, we will need to limit the number of staff and patients we have in our building and extend the time between patient appointments in order to sanitize rooms. This means we will have fewer available openings for procedures. In order to maximize our provider appointments, we will continue to hold consultations virtually rather than in person, with a few exceptions (body contouring, Instalift, vein treatments).
We thank you in advance for your patience throughout this time, and we look forward to seeing you here again as we begin to resume business operations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa at (508) 754-4000 and our team will gladly assist you. Thank you!